Hero chased Royal Mile purse snatcher down close

The purse was snatched on the Royal Mile

The purse was snatched on the Royal Mile

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A HERO chased a thief down a lane after he grabbed a woman’s purse on the Royal Mile – and managed to return it to the owner.

The robber pounced on Thursday at 12.45pm outside Hector Russell and was pursued down North Gray’s Close.

Witnesses reported the incident to police, who are now keen to track down the victim and the suspect.

The woman who had her purse snatched is described as Asian, 5ft 8in tall, in her 30s and with black hair.

The suspect is described as a white man, in his late teens, 5ft 10in tall, with a slim build. He was wearing a dark blue or navy jacket, grey cotton jogging bottoms and black Nike trainers with yellow rims.